Ghostbusters

‘Young Frankenstein’ and the Enduring Appeal of the Horror Comedy

The familiar 20th Century Fox logo and fanfare begins the film — but in black and white, segueing into a dramatic orchestral theme and a title that hits with a bolt of lightning and a crack of thunder, in front of the moody image of an ornate castle on a distant hilltop. With those familiar images, audiences were welcomed to Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’ affectionate parody of the Universal horror masterpieces. The movie, which is out on Blu-ray today in a new anniversary special edition, hit theaters 40 years ago — in the same calendar year as his equally successful Blazing Saddles, a one-two punch that’s all but unprecedented among comedy filmmakers. Yet for all of Saddles’ influence, Frankenstein may be even more beloved, for its place within both the filmography of Brooks and the surprisingly venerable cross-genre of horror comedy. … Read More

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25 Amazing ‘Ghostbusters’ Tattoos

Cinema’s class of 1984 turned 30 years old this year—and everyone’s favorite fictional parapsychologists are making a smash return at a theatrical reunion this weekend. A remastered 4K version of Ghostbusters has arrived in theaters. Audiences grew up watching Bill Murray’s Peter Venkman, Dan Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz, Harold Ramis’ Egon Spengler, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore, and the rest of the ghostbusting gang, enamored with the film’s special effects, gadgets, and hilarious characters. And the real diehard fans have shown their affection for the supernatural comedy by getting Ghostbusters tattoos. Here are 25 of our favorites. … Read More

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That Female-Led ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Is a Dumb Idea, But Not for the Reason Dumb People Think

As you may have heard over the weekend, Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig might direct a reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise, and if he does so, his take might redraft the franchise with a crew of female ghostbusters stepping into Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson’s vacant proton packs. It’s all very tentative right now (though Feig commented on the story on Twitter). But Variety reported it, with the customary “according to sources” and “declined to comment” notations and the rather important disclaimer that “no formal negotiations have taken place yet.” So this could very well be just another go-nowhere Ghostbusters rumor, which would be nothing new — we’ve had about a quarter century of them now, all equally fruitless. But it was a Saturday, and the movie Internet needed something to talk about, so here we are. And let’s get one thing out of the way: this is a dopey idea, a transparent attempt to paddle-board some fresh juice into a long-dormant corpse. Feig shouldn’t make a new Ghostbusters movie, because any new iteration of Ghostbusters is a terrible cash-grab and nothing more, and he has better things to do. But we’re going to have to deal with the other angle on this thing as well. … Read More

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Iconic Film and TV Vehicles Get a Playful Reimagining in ‘Greatest Rides’

Can you possibly imagine Back to the Future without the DeLorean? Or The Dukes of Hazzard without the General Lee? In certain television shows and movies, the iconic vehicles the main characters cruise around in are so instantly recognizable that they’ve become as culturally important as their drivers. Illustrator Ido Yehimovitz plays around with this idea in the series Greatest Rides (spotted via Faith is Torment), in which some of the most famous vehicles in recent pop culture history get a playful, cartoon-like revamp. Take a look at Yehimovitz’s series after the jump, which features rides ranging from the Blues Brothers’ police car to the souped-up ambulance driven by the Ghostbusters.  … Read More

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‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Gremlins’ at 30: A Requiem for the Special Effects-Heavy Comedy

We tend to think of the releases of iconic movies as standalone events, like the world came to a crashing halt so everyone could go stand in lines around the block for Star Wars or Jaws or Jurassic Park. But the movies are a business, and rare is the week that doesn’t see multiple releases, which can make for some interesting juxtapositions. (True story: the big movie on Star Wars opening weekend was supposed to be Smokey and the Bandit.) Most of the time, such competition falls into the realm of counter-programming, which was what made June 8, 1984 so peculiar: the two new wide releases of that day were both pitched towards the same general audience, the families-and-teens crowd that had become the bread and butter of the summer movie business. Both would open well — only separated by about a million bucks — and would end up the second- and fourth-highest-grossing movies of the year. More importantly, both would remain beloved pop culture classics, buoyed by a uniquely ambitious mixture of genres that is seldom attempted today. The films were Ghostbusters and Gremlins, and they both turned 30 years old yesterday. … Read More

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Ghostbusters’

The year 1984 was a treasure trove for movie lovers. Classics like The Karate Kid, Footloose, and A Nightmare on Elm Street made their way to theaters, but it was an especially fine time for comedies. The foul-mouthed Beverly Hills Cop, teen sex romp Revenge of the Nerds, Police Academy, Gremlins, and Romancing the Stone are just a few of the movies that debuted that year. But let’s not forget the film that combined elements of horror, slapstick funnies, big special effects, and some of the best comedic actors: Ghostbusters. This August, audiences will have the opportunity to catch Ghostbusters on the big screen. They’ll also get to enjoy a 30th-anniversary Blu-ray edition. To prepare for these moments, we’ve gathered 25 fun facts about the movie that you might have missed. … Read More

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Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of ‘Ghostbusters’ With Witty Art Inspired by the Film

Gallery 1988, everybody’s favorite pop culture art gallery, is taking its show on the road — and for good reason. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, so 1988’s not just doing shows at its Los Angeles galleries; its amazing assemblage of original Ghostbusters-inspired art is currently showing in New York, on its way to Los Angeles, then Chicago, and finally (of course) at the San Diego Comic-Con. The fine folks at Gallery 1988 were kind enough to share a few pieces from the exhibit with us; check them out after the jump, and visit their Ghostbusters 30th website at ghostbusters30th.com for dates and locations, as well as opportunities to buy limited-edition screenprints from the show. … Read More

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